Specific code icon 2014 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code K02.9

Dental caries, unspecified

  • K02.9 is a billable ICD-10-CM code that can be used to specify a diagnosis.
  • On October 1, 2014 ICD-10-CM will replace ICD-9-CM in the United States, therefore, K02.9 and all other ICD-10-CM codes should only be used for training or planning purposes until then.
Clinical Information
  • A disorder characterized by the decay of a tooth, in which it becomes softened, discolored and/or porous.
  • Localized destruction of calcified tissue initiated on the tooth surface by decalcification of the enamel of the teeth, followed by enzymatic lysis of organic structures, leading to cavity formation that, if left untreated penetrates the enamel and dentin and may reach the pulp.
  • Localized destruction of the tooth surface initiated by decalcification of the enamel followed by enzymatic lysis of organic structures and leading to cavity formation. If left unchecked, the cavity may penetrate the enamel and dentin and reach the pulp. The three most prominent theories used to explain the etiology of the disease are that acids produced by bacteria lead to decalcification; that micro-organisms destroy the enamel protein; or that keratolytic micro-organisms produce chelates that lead to decalcification.
  • The decay of a tooth, in which it becomes softened, discolored, and/or porous.
  • You call it a cavity. Your dentist calls it tooth decay or dental caries. They're all names for a hole in your tooth. The cause of tooth decay is plaque, a sticky substance in your mouth made up mostly of germs. Tooth decay starts in the outer layer, called the enamel. Without a filling, the decay can get deep into the tooth and its nerves and cause a toothache or abscess. To help prevent cavities
    • brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste
    • clean between your teeth every day with floss or another type of between-the-teeth cleaner
    • snack smart - limit sugary snacks
    • see your dentist or oral health professional regularly
Description Synonyms
  • Caries of infancy associated with bottle feeding
  • Caries of infancy due to bottle feeding
  • Dental caries
  • Dental caries due to radiation
  • Dental caries of infancy from bottle feeding
  • Radiation induced dental caries
Mortality Data
  • Between 1999-2007 there were 31 deaths in the United States where ICD-10 K02.9 was indicated as the underlying cause of death [source: cdc.govlink to cdc.gov]
  • ICD-10 K02.9 as underlying cause of death data broken down by: gender, age, race, year
ICD-10-CM K02.9 is grouped within Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG v30.0):
  • 011 Tracheostomy for face,mouth & neck diagnoses with mcc
  • 012 Tracheostomy for face,mouth & neck diagnoses with cc
  • 013 Tracheostomy for face,mouth & neck diagnoses without cc/mcc
  • 157 Dental & oral diseases with mcc
  • 158 Dental & oral diseases with cc
  • 159 Dental & oral diseases without cc/mcc
Convert ICD-10-CM K02.9 to ICD-9-CM
The following ICD-10-CM Index entries contain back-references to ICD-10-CM K02.9: